UMW Professor Receives Psychology Award

Chris Kilmartin, professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, was named a divisional Researcher of the Year at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association (APA) held recently in San Diego, Calif.

The award was given by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), Division 51 of the APA. This honor recognizes outstanding published research concerning males and masculinity.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Kilmartin has been a member of the UMW faculty since 1989.
He received a doctorate and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Frostburg State College.

Kilmartin is an internationally recognized expert on gender and on violence prevention. He brought the White Ribbon Campaign, a movement to end men’s violence against women and begun in Canada, to the U.S. The campaign has spread to college campuses nationwide.

In 2007, Kilmartin was the Fulbright distinguished chair in gender studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, one of only 39 such honors awarded annually worldwide. He was elected to fellow status in the APA in 2008 and is past president of SPSMM.

Kilmartin completed a three-year consultation with the U.S. Naval Academy on a revision of sexual assault and harassment prevention curriculum and was a consultant in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2001 Meeting on Violence Prevention in Higher Education. He was a scriptwriter for a U.S. Army training film on the same topic and also has presented at the Army Summits on Sexual Assault.

His book “The Masculine Self” is in its fourth edition and has been translated into Korean. Kilmartin also co-authored “Men’s Violence Against Women: Theory, Research, and Activism,” and “Sexual Assault in Context: Teaching College Men about Gender,” a manual based on his consultation experiences. His co-authored book “The Pain Behind the Mask: Overcoming Masculine Depression” has been translated into both Hebrew and Korean.

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